Below is a list of 13 ‘Halloweeny’ Activity ideas! 🎃
With halfterm upon us and Halloween looming round the corner in a New World where having the snuffles means you are stuck at home or lest be judged by the town’s people for sneezing – what can we do at Halloween?!
I enjoy Halloween – perhaps it’s the forever emo in me that enjoys being able partake in spooky celebrations, alas, before I get carried away ranting (as I frequently do) about nostalgic things or things I enjoy in general… Here’s the list!
1. Pumpkin Picking! – an obvious choice featured here but I think it’s really cute the kids picking their own sized Pumpkins 🎃
2. Scavenger Hunts – you can get creative and make up a scavenger hunt for your kids. Every Easter I hide eggs/treats in and around the house and also have clues lead to them. Each child can have their own Halloween bucket and this also eliminates having to Trick or Treat if you aren’t wanting to venture to people’s houses. Depending on age can be indoors or outdoors, day or night. Could be in teams or just siblings playing!
3. Werewolf Tag – an alternative name for playing hide & seek outdoors after dark, more for older kids but if younger children are hiding, break into pairs to hide. Once the people hiding have been spotted or suspect they’ve been found, the chase is on! Could even do wolf facepaint.
4. Visit local farms – they have activities on plus seeing all the lovely animals is so educational for children!
5. Spooky meals/party food making – some ideas here.
6. Autumnal walks for that fresh air and crispy leaves feels 🍂
7. Apple bobbing – old school style.
8. Fancy dress.
9. Spooky movies and Popcorn.
10. Pumpkin Decorating/carving –
Pumpkin decorating is a great activity for fine motor skill development. Carve or paint pumpkins with the kids and adults alike! If you have time, you could save the seeds and make toasted pumpkin seeds or bake pumpkin bread later – my previous attempts have been fails!
11. Spoooky crafts like painting hands white for ghostly handprints 👻
12. Lantern Making – is a fun crafting idea and a great way to decorate for a party. Simply take some brown or white paper lunch bags and cut fun shapes and designs into them. Put a little bit of sand into the bottom of the bag and place a battery operated candle in the base.
13. Make Halloween slime or alternatively you can order it online, Etsy have loads of variety.
Ingredients Needed to Make Halloween Slime –
•6 ounces of Elmer’s glue – used white (2 bottles) and glitter green and repeated the recipe 3 times. It’s recommended you do not substitute with other glue as the make-up may not be the same and the recipe may not work.
•Orange food coloring for the pumpkin slime jar, green for Frankenstein etc.
•1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda
•1½ Boric acid – this is what interacts with the glue to form the slime.
•Water – add 2 TBSP of water to your glue before adding baking soda if you’d like a stretchier slime.
•Mason Jar/Halloween glass stickers.
Directions to make Halloween Slime –
1. Get a bowl to mix your slime ingredients in.
2. Pour 6 oz of your Elmer’s glue into the bowl. Use white glue for the ghost and pumpkin slime
3. Use your green glitter glue for your Frankenstein slime. You could also substitute the green glitter glue for white glue with green food colouring.
4. Mix in orange food coloring to make orange glue for your pumpkin slime. *Note: the food coloring may stain, use wax paper to cover your table when playing with it and avoid contact with anything you do not want stained.
5. Add your 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix in thoroughly. Also add 2 TBSP of water here and mix.
6. Now add in your boric acid or your slime will not form. Start with half of what the recipe calls for and mix. If your slime is not forming enough, add in the rest. If you find it is still too sticky you can add a bit more.
7. Now mix until your slime forms and begins to harden. Knead for quite some time with your hands. You may be surprised how much you need to knead to really make the slime form. If it’s not the desirable consistency keep kneading. If you find it to still be too sticky, add a bit more boric acid.
8. I bought some Halloween themed stickers from a shop called Pound Stretcher that can stick onto jars so add your coloured slime to a jar – white for ghost, orange for pumpkin. Boom Halloween themed slime.